HC directive to ensure adequate COVID-19 treatment facilities in Malappuram hospitals

Court also directs district Collector and govt to tackle issues relating to the vaccination in accordance with the govt’s COVID-19 vaccination policy

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court has directed the State government and Malappuram district Collector to ensure that adequate facilities are made available in government hospitals in Malappuram to deal with any vulnerable situation in the wake of COVID -19.

The Bench passed the directive while disposing of the public interest litigations filed by K.P.A. Majeed, Indian Union Muslim League leader and Thirurangadi MLA, and two others from Malappuram.

The court also directed the district Collector and government to tackle the issues relating to the vaccination in accordance with the government’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

The court observed that it was clear from the statement filed by the District Medical Officer, Malappuram, that adequate steps were taken to tackle any unprecedented situation due to the surge in COVID-19.

The court pointed out that the facilities in government hospitals as well as in the private sector were evaluated by the district administration and steps were being taken to enhance the facilities so as to meet the requirements of the people of the district.

Rejecting another plea by the petitioners, the court observed that since there was a clear policy and strategy adopted by the government in the matter of administering vaccines, the court could not direct the State Government or the district administration of the Malappuram to carry out administering of vaccination on the basis of the population of the district.

The court also noted that the percentage of the vaccine administered showed that sufficient progress was achieved by the State in the matter of administering the vaccine. Therefore, any interference made in the ongoing process and the mechanisms adopted would upset and even might truncate the functionalities of the embedded system put in place by the administration.

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